Date Time Competition Season
4 March 2022 7:35 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

Ulster dominant in home win over Cardiff

Robert Baloucoune scored two tries as Ulster cruised to a dominant 48-12 win over Cardiff Rugby at Kingspan Stadium.

The hosts scored seven tries, and all but secured the win at the break as they took a 22-0 lead into the sheds. Kirby Myhill’s try after the break gave the visitors hope, but that was as good as it got as Ulster added 26 unanswered points.

It was one-sided from the outset as Dai Young’s team struggled to deal with the pace and power of the Ulsterman, with the driving maul a particular area of dominance for the hosts. The visitors will also be concerned about the injury sustained by fly-half Jarrod Evans.

Dan McFarland will also be delighted that talisman Iain Henderson came through unscathed on his return to action, and the province overtook Leinster at the top of the United Rugby Championship.

The result was never in question as Balcouane raced in after seven minutes to give the hosts a quick 7-0 lead. It wasn’t before McFarland’s men added to that as Nathan Doak slotted over a penalty.

Cardiff looked to find a response and found themselves deep in Ulster’s 22, but saw Rey Lee-Lo throw an intercepted pass to Tom Hume, who raced in unopposed to increase the lead to 17-0.

All hope soon quickly evaporated for Dai Young’s team as Stuart McCloskey crashed over from close range to send Ulster into halftime with a comfortable 22-0 advantage. 

Cardiff cut into the deficit just after the break as Kirby Myhill found the whitewash, but that was quickly undone as Nick Timoney broke through a number of weak tackles to add Ulster’s fourth minutes later.

The hosts were relentless though as Balcouane added his second try of the game before an intricate bit of play between McCloskey and Stewart Moore released replacement Aaron Sexton out wide to walk in for Ulster’s sixth. 

Ulster added a seventh moments later as Tom Stewart crashed over from a driving maul to make it 48-5. However, Cardiff added a consolation through James Ratti to give the visiting fans something to smile about after a difficult evening in Belfast. 


15Stewart Moore Centre
14Robert Baloucoune 23 Winger 8', 54'
13James Hume Centre 14'
12Stuart McCloskey 22 Centre 40'
11Ben Moxham Back
10Billy Burns Fly-Half
9Nathan Doak 21 Back 9', 15', 49'
1Jack McGrath Prop
2John Andrew Hooker
4Alan O’Connor Lock
3Marty Moore 18 Prop
5Iain Henderson 19 Lock
6Jordi Murphy 20 Flanker
7Matty Rea No. 8
8Nick Timoney Flanker 48'
17Callum Reid Forward
18Gareth Milasinovich 3 Prop
19Sam Carter 5 Lock
20Duane Vermeulen 6 Loose Forwards
21John Cooney 9 Scrum-Half 55', 64'
22Ian Madigan 12 Fly-Half
23Arron Sexton 14 Back 63'
Luke Marshall Centre

Cardiff Rugby

15Hallam Amos 23 Winger
14Owen Lane Winger
13Ray Lee Lo
12Willis Halaholo Centre
11Aled Summerhill Winger
10Jarrod Evans 22 Fly-Half
9Lloyd Williams 21 Scrum-Half
2Kirby Myhill 16 Hooker 45'
3Dimitri Arhip 18 Prop
4Josh Turnbull No. 8
5Matthew Screech 20 Lock
6Ellis Jenkins Flanker
7Josh Navidi Flanker
8James Botham 19 Flanker
16Kieron Assiratti 2 Prop
17Rhys Carré Forward
18Will Davies-King 3
19James Ratti 8 Forward 75'
20Teddy Williams 5 Forward
21Jamie Hill 9 Scrum-Half
22Ben Thomas 10 Centre 76'
23Matthew Morgan 15 Full-Back

Past Meetings

(Round 4)
7 - 11
Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff Blues v Ulster


Kingspan Stadium
Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT6 0BW, United Kingdom